The government and opposition are busy these days on blaming each other for accommodating the Raw agent Kulbhushan Jadhav and this was witnessed in a heated National Assembly session on Thursday where the opposition staged a walkout on the issue of quorum that was pointed out by the PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to avert the rulers from presenting an ordinance that was designed to provide the foreign citizens convicted in Pakistan; an opportunity to file a review appeal. The ordinance was promulgated in May, however included in the National Assembly’s agenda yesterday.
Government is trying to give an NRO to the Indian Spy, opposition blamed
But before that, the opposition alleged the government of making an attempt trying to give an “NRO” to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav through the ordinance, while the government lawmakers harangued the PML-N for going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) during its regime.
PML-N leader Khawaja Asif, in his speech, bashed the government, asking why a terrorist who had admitted his role in promoting unrest and terrorism in Pakistan; was being facilitated? He further added that Kulbhushan was used as affront against them during their tenure and it was said that PML-N was appeasing India. Asif asked in satirical tone that who was appeasing India now? Asif strictly urged the members not to pass the law as it was against the national dignity and esteem. He demanded the government to brief the house about the concession which India had given to Pakistan that made the rulers slouching so low before their worst enemy. The former defense minister slammed that the government was doing this on international pressure and that was intolerable and unacceptable.
PML-N government deliberately took the matter to ICJ, blamed Shireen Mazari
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari replied that it was PML-N government that went to the ICJ in the first place while both PTI and PPP had opposed this move as there was no justification to do so. Mazari also slammed the PML-N government for appointing a 20 grade “Foreign Officer” to represent the country in the international judicial body. She declared that PTI government was left with no other option on Kulbhushan issue as the PML-N government imposed this difficulty through its inadequate initiative.
PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari took the government to the task for passing the ordinance in May without taking the house into confidence although both the houses were in operation during June. He mentioned that as per the rules and laws, an ordinance must be presented in Parliament at the earliest once it is promulgated; when the house is operational.
Bilawal lambasted the government for not taking the opposition in confidence and presented the ordinance after the matter was raised in Senate and discussed in his press conference. Responding to Shireen Mazari he said that rejecting the ICJ never meant that the government could grant an NRO to an “Indian Spy” through country’s law. He mentioned that firstly the Indian pilot Abhinandan was offered tea and sent back to his country and now the PM Imran Khan was going to hand over Kulbhushan through NRO.
The PPP chief added that the government had already given an NRO to the leader of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, terrorist Ehsanullah Ehsan, who had confessed his role in the 2014-APS massacre. It was admitted by the interior ministry in early February this year that Ehsan had managed to escape from the custody of Pakistani forces. Bilawal pointed out quorum and walked out saying that their conscience did not allow them to continue with ordinance on its agenda. The proceeding was adjourned till the completion of quorum.